Over the past week or so, I’ve seen Facebook statuses pop up on my news feed. I’m sure you’ve seen them too.
They look like this:
Now, obviously, this person’s friends and family think she’s pregnant.
Apparently some people got together and thought that posting cutesy messages on Facebook about being pregnant would help raise awareness for breast cancer.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around how.
Sure, it created awareness by default, because it created an uproar. People did talk about it.
But here’s the thing, if you want to create awareness about breast cancer, how about a post like this:
I think that’s a little more effective at grabbing your attention, isn’t it?
Posting fake pregnancy statuses isn’t creating awareness, it’s insulting.
It’s insulting to women who have gone through chemotherapy for cancer and who can’t have children.
It’s insulting to women who struggle with infertility.
It’s insulting to men, who by the way, can get breast cancer too.
If anything, posting a fake pregnancy status is a great way to get your news feed hidden by your friend(s) that have suffered a miscarriage (which is 10-25% of all pregnancies statistically, however to your friend, it may feel like 99%). How about creating awareness about Infant Loss? Thanks for pouring salt in their wounds.
I’m not alone in feeling this way, here’s another blogger’s take on this whole “fake pregnancy status” thing.
You want to create breast cancer awareness? I challenge you to find a different way.
Please don’t send me messages to participate in Facebook “games” like these. It’s not cute, it’s not something to keep “the men” in the dark so they wonder and it doesn’t create awareness.
Note: This was originally published in September 2011, but one of these games hit my feed again this week, so….